London - Seven players from English lower-league clubs have
been arrested over alleged spot-fixing, with six others re-arrested, including
Sam Sodje, Britain's National Crime Agency (NCA) announced on Thursday.
The 13 men, aged between 18 and 30, were being interviewed
at police stations across Britain as part of an investigation into alleged
bribery and money laundering, the NCA said.
The original six suspects were arrested in December
following an undercover investigation by British newspaper The Sun on Sunday.
They were bailed to return on April 8.
The newspaper said that former Portsmouth player Sam Sodje
had allegedly told an undercover reporter he could arrange for players to get
booked during English second-tier matches in return for tens of thousands of
The 34-year-old also claimed that he could fix matches in
the Premier League and was even prepared to rig games at this year's World Cup
in Brazil, the newspaper reported.
Blackburn Rovers striker DJ Campbell was confirmed to be one
of the six players who had been arrested in December, while Oldham Athletic
pledged to conduct an investigation after one of their players was implicated.
In a statement, English football's governing body, the
Football Association, said: "The FA has been made aware of developments in
relation to an ongoing NCA investigation, including a number of further
"We are liaising with the authorities in relation to
these allegations. The FA will make no further comment at this time."
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